Jeremiah 20

CHAPTER 20

Jeremiah and Pashur

And Pashur heard (the son of Immer the priest, and this one was being ordained leader of the house of the  lord) Jeremiah prophesying these words. And he struck him, and put him into the dungeon which was by the gate of the house of Benjamin, the upper, which was in the house of the  lord. And it came to pass in the next morning, and Pashur led out Jeremiah from the dungeon. And [2said 3to him 1Jeremiah], [3not 5Pashur 2called 1the  lord 4your name], but instead, Refugee. Because thus says the  lord, Behold, I give you for displacement with all your friends. And they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see it. And you and all Judah I will give into the hands of the king of Babylon; and they shall displace them, and shall cut them in pieces with swords. And I will put all the strength of this city, and all its toils, and all the treasures of the king of Judah into the hands of his enemies, and they shall lead them into Babylon. And you and all the ones dwelling in your house shall go into captivity; and in Babylon you shall die, and there you shall be entombed, you and all your friends to whom you prophesied lies to them.

Jeremiah's Complaint

You deceived me, O  lord, and I was deceived. You held and prevailed. I became for laughter. Every day I continue being sneered at. For [3bitter 4word 2with my 1I shall laugh], [2rebellion 3and 4misery 1I will call upon]; for [4became 1the 2word 3of the  lord] for scorning to me, and for taunting all day. And I said, in no way shall I name the name of the  lord, and in no way shall I speak yet in his name. And it became as [2fire 1a burning], blazing in my bones; and I am weakened from all sides, and I am not able to bear up. 10 For I heard the fault of many gathering together round about, saying, Rise up together against him! And, We should rise up together against him -- all [2men 3friends 1his]. Give heed to his thought! if he should be deceived, and we shall prevail against him, then we shall take our vengeance on him. 11 But the  lord is with me as [2warrior 1a strengthening]. On account of this they pursued, but [3to comprehend 1they were not 2able]. They were shamed exceedingly; for they did not comprehend their dishonor, which through the eon will not be forgotten. 12 O  lord, trying just things, perceiving the kidneys and heart; may I behold the [2by 3you 1punishment] on them. For to you I uncovered my pleas in defense. 13 Sing to the  lord! Praise him! for he rescued the soul of the needy from out of the hand of the most substantial ones. 14 Cursed is the day in which I was birthed in it, the day in which [2gave birth to 3me 1my mother]; let it not be longed for! 15 Cursed is the man announcing good news to my father, saying, There was birthed to you a male child, [2making merry 1they are]. 16 [1Let 3be 2that man] as the cities which the  lord eradicated in rage, and he did not repent! Let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shout at midday! 17 For he did not kill me in the womb of my mother, for [2to be 3to me 1my mother] my burying-place, and the womb [2conception 1an everlasting]. 18 Why is this that I came forth from out of the womb to see toils and miseries; and [2continue 3in 4shame 1my days]?
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